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Crawfordsville News

By Billie Jo Rose, Crawfordsville Correspondent | Feb 18, 2013

The United Church Women of the United Church of Crawfordsville met at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, with 11 members and one guest present.

President Debbie Lowe opened the meeting. Members read together the Opening Creed. Lowe welcomed guest, Shirley Pfeifer, the Methodist Women’s Mission Education and Interpretation coordinator.

Frieda Finke gave the devotion, “Gray Hair and Thoughts on Growing Old.”

Minutes of the January meeting were read and approved as corrected. Treasurer Pat Miller gave the treasury balance and the report will be filed for audit.

Correspondence was read by Lowe. Presbyterian Women are sponsoring a PET project. PET (Personal Energy Transportation) is a hand-driven wheeled device that provides mobility for people missing legs or feet.

An invitation was read from the New London Christian Church to the Women’s Spring Conference, March 2.

A thank-you note for the UCW’s donation to the Pure Water Foundation has been received.

Dorcas has resumed meeting on the second and fourth Mondays at Wilma McAllister’s home. The group has completed lap quilts and continues to work on completing baby quilts and other quilt projects.

Study and Devotions: Call to Prayer and Self Denial and Prayer of the Fellowship of the Least Coin were led by Clarissa Malmberg.

Lowe requested rummage sale items not be brought to the church until two weeks prior to the April 25-27 sale. Storage space is very limited now that the classrooms are in use.

Shirley Pfeifer spoke regarding several United Methodist Women mission projects. Bidwell Riverside in Des Moines continues to use the small frame house that has been the center for at least 60 years. She told about the Prayer Calendar, a list of Missionaries/Deaconess’ birthdays that gives information about them. Upcoming studies include Hispanic Ministries with a focus on domestic abuse. Several other mission studies were reviewed. UMW no longer is under the Board of Global Ministries. This means the UMW can now designate their spending to projects of their choosing.

The SE Iowa Methodist District Superintendent Lillian Seagren will be the speaker at the annual UMW SE District Meeting April 13, at Wilton. Lowe thanked Shirley for attending the meeting and for her interesting report on UMW mission projects.

The World Day of Prayer will be held at the Ainsworth Community Church at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 1. There will be no March meeting of the UCW.

The meeting was closed by Lowe who read John 15: 12 and the members reciting the closing creed in unison.

Refreshments were served by the hostess Frieda Finke.

Sunday, March 10 will be the Hymn Sing/Kids Concert with the Ainsworth Community Church here at the United Church of Crawfordsville at 6:30 p.m. Persons who have a child or know of a youth who would be willing to play or sing, please contact the church office. Also, a reminder for the the young ones and the young at heart: the puppets will be here.

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